Star of the Republic Museum

Letters to Home

Instructional Objective (7th Grade)

1.  To learn about everyday life in Texas in 1836-1837 from a first-hand account

2.  To research other historical events in Texas in 1836-1837

3.  To write a letter from Mr. Mitchell's perspective


Chapter 113.23 / Social Studies, Grade 7

(a.) Introduction

(2) To support the teaching of the essential knowledge and skills, the use of a variety of rich primary and secondary source material such as biographies and autobiographies; novels; speeches, letters, and diaries; and poetry, songs, and artworks is encouraged.

(b.) Knowledge and skills

(7.4.A) History: The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of the Republic of Texas and early Texas statehood.


MaterialsPens and paper, flip chart


Resources Copies of letters from Andrew Mitchell, transcription of letters


Getting Ready for the Lesson Provide background information on first letter: This letter was written on July 20, 1836, just a short time after

TEACHING PROCEDURE:1. Show letter, read transcription 2. Discuss what we can learn about early Texas from this letter. Record facts on a big flip chart. Items that may be recorded include: Transportation:


Disease & Medical Practices:

Employment & Wages:

Events in the Republic:

Extension Have students do research on what happened in Texas the following year, then write a follow-up letter to Father from one year later (1837).

Assessment Read actual second letter and compare with students' letters.  Check letters for historical accuracy and feasibility.